With penetrating insights for today, this vital history of the world economic collapse of the late 1920s offers unforgettable portraits of four men--Montagu Norman, Emile Moreau, Hjalmar Schacht, and Benjamin Strong--whose personal and professional actions as heads of their respective central banks changed the course of the twentieth century.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages -544) and index.
Formatted Contents Note
pt. 1. The unexpected storm, August 1914. Prologue A strange and lonely man The young wizard A safe pair of hands L'inspecteur des finances Money generals pt. 2. After the deluge, 1919-23. Demented inspirations Uncle Shylock A barbarous relic pt. 3. Sowing a new wind, 1923-28. A bridge between chaos and hope The Dawes opening The golden chancellor La Bataille The first squalls Un petit coup de whisky pt. 4. Reaping another whirlwind, 1928-33. Into the vortex Purging the rottenness Magneto trouble A loose cannon on the deck of the world Gold fetters pt. 5. Aftermath, 1933-1944. Gold standard on the booze The caravans move on Epilogue.